HEAD COACH: Chad Craghead, Sixth Season
ASSISTANT COACH: Kathleen Jeffries
Class 2 State Championships: 4th Place
Class 2 District 3 Championships: 1st Place
Eastern Missouri Conference: 2nd Place
Class 2 District 3 Championship: 6th Place
Eastern Missouri Conference: 3rd Place
12 Christa Gilman
11 Brianna Douglas
11 Madison Isaacks
11 River Nolting
10 Makenna Allen
10 Olivia Isaacks
10 Kaleigh Moore
10 Julisa Moreno
9 Piper Jeffries
12 Josh Craghead
12 Khobi Kellerman
12 Ean Rohrbach
10 Joseph Crwaford
10 Grant Eichman
10 Drew Rohrbach
10 Noah Scrogum
9 Noah Scrogum
Not only did head coach Chad Crag head lose Reyna Schmauch, Kyla Bertschinger and Alyssa Rinehart to graduation, but all three of those individuals were talented enough to earn themselves college scholarships. Also gone are Brooke Fisher and Jared Bailey, which creates a void that only the talent new to the varsity can fill.
"My biggest question I have is will we be able to replace the seniors we lost. We have some great younger runners that got some great experience last year and they will have to keep improving and getting better to fill some big shoes we lost," said Craghead. "What I like about this team is the experience they have coming back. Five of these girls were on the highest placing team in programs history and having big race experience is something that can’t be taught."
For the Thunderbirds this season is more about what they have coming back than anything else. Specifically this group has been together for quite some time and if their ever going to take advantage of that familiarity now is the time.
"Are these boys who have been running together for many years now going to step up and get over the hump and try to get that first or second spot in EMO. They were very close last year," Craghead said. "We have six returning runners and three seniors who've been with the HS program for four years and one (Craghead) who will be the first runner in programs history to compete five years for NCXC. He was part of the inaugural junior high program as an eighth grader and ran every possible year he could."
Coming into the season North Callaway's hopes are the same as they are every year and that is to aim for the sky and hope for the best. So far the results haven't equated to an EMO title, but just like last year, the goal will never change.
"Every year Coach Chance’s Bowling Green Bobcats are the team to beat. I think their boys have won it 14-15 years in a row, while they girls won it 10 years in a row," said Craghead. "They are always the team to beat hands down. He is a great friend of mine, but I still look forward to that day when we shake hands while I am holding the EMO title, or have to sit it down to give him a hug."
Beyond that league goal Craghead and his squad have some other marks they try and reach during the course of the year, as well. This includes everything from the way they train to how they hope to finish in the postseason.
"Every year my expectations are the same. I want these athletes to come out every day ready to work and improve on a daily basis," Craghead said. "If we can have a great showing at Conference, Districts, and State then that makes the season that much better."
NORTH CALLAWAY VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE 2018
DATE OPPONENT TIME
8-25 at Mexico 9:00 a.m.
9-4 at Van-Far 4:00 p.m.
9-8 at Linn 9:00 a.m.
9-15 at Fulton 9:00 a.m.
9-24 at Elsberry 4:00 p.m.
9-27 at Moberly 4:00 p.m.
10-9 at Centralia 4:00 p.m.
10-13 EMO Championships at North Callaway 10:00 a.m.
10-19 at Bowling Green 4:00 p.m.
10-27 at Districts TBA
11-3 at State Championship TBA
NORTH CALLAWAY JUNIOR HIGH SCHEDULE 2018
9-4 at Van-Far JH 4:00 p.m.
9-8 Linn JH 9:00 a.m.
9-15 Fulton MS 9:00 a.m.
9-17 Wellsville Jr. 4:00 p.m.
9-24 Elsberry JH 5:30 p.m.
9-27 Moberly JH 4:00 p.m.
10-1 Mexico JH 4:00 p.m.